The Astonishing Adventures of Heracles Flint – Forever in Shadow – tells of the adventures of monster hunter Heracles Flint and his Victorian knights, The Society of Esoteric Technica, who have battled various threats to humanity in the late 19th century.
Heracles Flint has many friends, and unfortunately for him many enemies, in his war against the supernatural horrors that would subjugate or destroy our world…
Having a collection of stories in your head eventually reaches a crisis point, you begin to run out of space. Remembering to pick up milk on the way home is replaced by rapier wielding Victorian explorers, turning steampunk mechanisms against a horde of vampires in the cold misty back streets of London…
Steampunk is a hybrid genre, inspired by the steam powered and clockwork machinery of the late 19th century when the industrial revolution was entering its second phase. Steampunk tales encompass elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical fiction, and sometimes alternate history, in which machinery beyond the cutting edge for the late 19th century are the tools of choice for characters living a steampunk life. The English Victorian age and the American ‘wild west’ are popular settings for these adventures and both time periods heavily influence the looks and feel of steampunk stories.
The grand mechanical marvels involved in the genre are the futuristic dreams of technological pioneers, and showcase a the future as dreamt of by the likes of Jules Verne, and H.G.Wells. Verne’s famed Nautilus, submarine of Captain Nemo in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, is a good example of what could be described as steampunk engineering.
Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical steampunk style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk. The fashions, jewelry, and devices of the genre are wonder to behold and you will find examples on our Pinterest, and Tumblr pages.
Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence, generally in the form of blood, of living creatures. The term vampire was popularized until the early 18th century, after an influx of vampire superstition into Western Europe from areas where vampire legends were frequent, such as the Balkans and Eastern Europe, although local variants were also known by different names, such as vrykolakas in Greece and strigoi in Romania. This increased level of vampire superstition in Europe led to mass hysteria and in some cases resulted in corpses actually being staked and people being accused of vampirism.
While even folkloric vampires of the Balkans and Eastern Europe had a wide range of appearance ranging from nearly human to bloated rotting corpses, it was interpretation of the vampire by the Christian Church and the success of vampire literature, namely John Polidori’s 1819 novella The Vampyre that established the archetype of charismatic, sophisticated, and seductive vampire. However, it is Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula that is remembered as the quintessential vampire novel and which provided the basis of modern vampire fiction.
It is Dracula himself who is Heracles Flint’s arch nemesis in Forever in Shadow, trying to make his vampire nation the masters of the Earth. Flint and his associates have their work cut out in trying to stop him as his supernatural powers encompass all the rumoured abilities attributed to his legend. They have clashed numerous times, and while the Society of Esoterica Technica have always won the battles, they may be about to lose the war.
A werewolf, also known as a lycanthrope, is a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shapeshift into a wolf or an therianthropic hybrid wolf-like creature, either purposely or after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g. via a bite or scratch from another werewolf). This transformation is often associated with the appearance of the full moon.
In addition to the natural characteristics inherent to both wolves and humans, werewolves are often attributed strength and speed far beyond those of wolves or men. The werewolf is generally held as a European character, although its lore spread through the world in later times. Shape-shifters similar to werewolves are common in tales from all over the world.
In the world of The Astonishing Adventures of Heracles Flint, werewolves are a relatively peaceful society, beings blessed, or cursed from birth with the ability to transform into either a wolf-like hybrid of a full wolf. At one with nature most members of the nation revel in their ability to be at one with the wild, and only a few have used their animal form for evil deeds. They mostly shun human contact given those that have been uncovered have been hunted and killed, and they are aware that their bite can cause lycanthropy to arise in the victim if they survive the wound.
Werewolves possess superior strength and spped compared to a human and are highly resistant to injury with a advanced ability to heal wounds. They can however be felled by enough bodily damage especially to the head. They are also as legend suggests extremely ulnerable to the element silver, which reacts with their blood causing it to literally burn in their arteries and veins